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CDC Provides Salmonella Investigation Update
The CDC has posted an update regarding a multistate outbreak of Salmonella linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks. Since the last update on July 19, 2019, an additional 235 ill people have been added to this investigation. Throughout 49 states, 1,003 ill people have been reported, with 175 hospitalized. Two deaths have been reported, one in Ohio and one in Texas. The CDC reported that an increase in Salmonella infection linked to live poultry is typically seen in the spring and summer, due to more people purchasing chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry.
The largest number of Salmonella illnesses in outbreaks linked to backyard poultry occurred in 2017, resulting in 1,120 cases and one death. People who fell ill in the 2019 outbreak reported purchasing chicks and ducklings from...
Outbreak of Drug Resistant Salmonella Linked to Contact with Pig Ear Dog Treats
The CDC and FDA are advising consumers not to buy or feed pig ear dog treats to pets, including any that may already be in homes. People may contract Salmonella after handling the treats or caring for dogs that have eaten the pig ears. Dogs may also become sick after consumption. A total of 127 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 33 states. While 26 people have been hospitalized, no deaths have been reported. About 21% of reported illnesses are among children younger than the age of 5.
Laboratory and traceback evidence indicated that contact with pig ear dog treats from many different suppliers is likely the source of the Salmonella outbreak. State health and regulatory officials in several states along with...
Final Investigation of Salmonella Infections Linked to Raw Turkey
The final public update by the CDC of a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products has been released due to the number of newly reported illnesses decreasing. About a month has gone by since people reported getting sick. Illnesses in this outbreak occurred from November 20, 2017 to March 31, 2019. However, consumers can continue to get sick because this Salmonella strain is present throughout the turkey industry, including raw turkey products, packaged raw pet food, and live turkeys. The CDC stated that it will continue to monitor the Pulsenet database for any new illnesses, and public health partners will continue to investigate any newly reported illnesses.
State and local health departments interviewed people about foods consumed and other exposures in the week before they became ill. Of the 200 sick people interviewed...
CDC Investigating Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli-Sliced Meats and Cheeses
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to deli-sliced meats and cheeses. Eight people have reportedly been infected and hospitalized across four states (Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) and one death has been reported from Michigan. The affected individuals report eating different types and brands of product, including meats and cheeses purchased from and sliced at deli counters in multiple retail locations. A single, common supplier of deli products has not been identified.
There were two cases reported in early 2019, and the other six were reported from November 2016 to February 2018. During an initial investigation of three cases in...
CDC Suspects Ground Beef is Source of Latest E. coli Outbreak
As of Friday, April 12, 2019, 109 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from six states. The CDC is reporting the 109 illnesses that the PulseNet laboratory network has confirmed are part of this outbreak. States are now investigating additional illnesses that might be a part of this outbreak.
Illnesses began on dates from March 2, 2019, to March 6, 2019. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 83 years, with a median age of 18. Of those infected, 53 percent are female. Out of 81 people with information available, 17, or 21 percent, have been hospitalized. No deaths and no cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome have been reported at this time. Illnesses that occurred after ...
FDA Investigating Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce from California
The FDA, along with CDC, state and local agencies, is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce grown in California this fall. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are also coordinating with U.S. agencies as they investigate a similar outbreak in Canada.
As of December 13, FDA has further refined the traceback investigation down to the farm level, which narrows the list of romaine growing areas that FDA recommends consumers and retailers avoid down to the following counties: Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara.
San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz and Ventura counties in California have been removed from the list at this time. Other growing areas, for example Florida, Mexico and the ...
JBS Tolleson, Inc. Recalls Raw Beef Products Due to Possible Salmonella Newport Contamination
Class I Recall Health Risk: High
Editor’s note: This release is being reissued as an expansion of the Oct. 4, 2018 recall. The scope of this recall expansion now includes an additional 5,156,076 pounds of raw beef products, which were produced and packed from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2018. FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
Editor’s Note: FSIS and our public health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health officials, are investigating a Salmonella Newport outbreak. Please note that FSIS is continuing to investigate illnesses associated with this widespread outbreak, and additional product from other companies may also ...
National Turkey Federation Statement on CDC Investigation of Salmonella Reading
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted an update today to their investigation announced in July into multistate illnesses attributed to Salmonella Reading. Epidemiologic evidence suggests raw turkey products and raw turkey pet food are possible sources. No specific product, brand, facility or company has been linked to the illnesses, nor is the CDC recommending consumers stop eating any turkey products.
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) released the following statement on the investigation:
“Food safety is a top priority for the turkey industry, and we take great pride in providing safe, nutritious and delicious food for consumers. Although NTF members work diligently to prevent foodborne bacteria on their farms and in processing, it is well known that bacteria are naturally present in the environment. As a result, raw meat and...
NCC Statement on CDC Investigation of Salmonella Infantis
Attributable to Tom Super, National Chicken Council spokesperson:
“We are aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating illnesses attributed to Salmonella Infantis, reported in multiple states over the last six months.”
The CDC says epidemiological evidence suggests raw chicken products and raw chicken pet food are possible sources. No specific product, brand, facility or company has been linked to the illnesses, nor is the CDC recommending consumers stop eating chicken.
“The chicken industry is cooperating fully with the CDC and USDA in their investigation...
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